Keep Your Home Clutter Free- A Guest Post From Lindsey @ And the Kitchen Sink

Today Lindsey from And the Kitchen Sink is going to share three easy tips for keeping your home clutter free.

My mother was a pack rat. I grew up in a home that had WAY too many things. You had to dig through closets and drawers to find what you were looking for, things were never put away, and you could always find unfinished scrapbooks and projects all throughout the house.  However, we never noticed the amount of stuff that was really in the house until she had passed away and my Dad wanted to move.

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It was because of the experience trying to unclutter that home which led me to want to live a less cluttered life. I can tidy up my home in less than an hour if need be, and I can find everything I own. It has taken me a couple of months to get to this point. Now that my home is rid of most of the clutter, I want to keep it that way.

Here is a simple guide to keep your home clutter free and keep it that way. Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Paleo Bites

chocolate covered strawberry paleo bites

 

Every time I try to get back to a  healthy eating plan, sugar is always the first thing to derail me.  Around mid afternoon and late evening my sweet tooth beckons me, with urgency,  to find the nearest source of chocolate.  I am powerless against it.  I will find chocolate, be it healthy or otherwise.

This recipe puts that nagging old sweet tooth in its place every. single. time.

I keep joking that I am going to pack a little cooler with me and take my little chocolate covered strawberry bites everywhere I go, so I never eat sugar again.  Might not be such a bad idea. 

The ingredients are simple and nonperishable, so if you always keep them on hand, you will have all the tools you need to fight sugar cravings.  Because they are full of healthy fats, they really do satisfy.  Continue reading

Pallet Wood Gather Sign in a Reclaimed Wood Frame

A couple months ago I was shopping at my favorite resale/antique shop when I came across this frame.

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I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but it was only two bucks and I couldn’t pass it up.

It hung on my craft room closet door like that for several weeks.

First I thought I would find a mirror to go in it and hang it in one of the bathrooms.  

Then I thought I would get a piece of glass for it and frame something for my boys’ room.

Still it just hung there.  I wondered if this would be one of those projects I neglect for years. 

Then, one day, my friend and sister made plans to get together for a girls’ craft night, something we do often to get out of the house and have some adult time.   Scrambling to procure something worth painting, I grabbed the frame and headed out to the garage.  I spotted a pile of cut up pallet wood.  The very thing!  I grabbed five pieces and set it on my husband’s work bench.

When my husband got home from work I sweet talked him into cutting, painting and screwing my pallet boards into the back of the frame.  I know he probably thinks I am crazy half the time, but he is always willing to help me with all my projects.

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I thanked my husband, grabbed my frame and headed over to my friends’ house sans children.

We got out the cricut, paint and snacks (of course) and got to crafting.

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I found this lovely font on Etsy from the shop Little Big Crafter. I used the Midnight font.

After the cricut cut it out I laid it where I wanted it and traced around the letters.

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I carefully painted inside the lines.

Here is a shot of my sister painting a welcome sign she was making.

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Im sure she’ll appreciate that photo. 😉

And here is my finished pallet wood sign…gather sign

I put it in my dining room because that is where we gather to eat all our meals three times a day. 

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Even though life is often chaotic and crazy I hope the dining room is a place where we can recharge, debrief and make memories.

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There is usually more food under it than on it after a big meal, but I hope we can gather together around our big farm table for many years to come. 

Mexican Hash with Avocado Crema

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Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo.  

Like most Americans, I have no idea what that really means, but it is a great excuse to make something Mexican.

Anytime there is a combination of avocados, salsa, sour cream and meat, I’m there!  With this recipe I’m bringing in a few ingredients that aren’t typically associated with Mexican food. It is healthy, hearty and super delicious. Continue reading

Healthy Snack Idea- Vanilla Yogurt With Honey Toasted Pecans and Blueberries

vanilla yogurt with honey toasted pecans and blueberries

My kids are always hungry.  It seems like every time I am washing the last breakfast dish they are already saying they are hungry again.  Actually on most days the kitchen isn’t even clean when they are asking for more food.

If I don’t have a few healthy snack options I deal with a bunch of pretty cranky kids. Continue reading

The Arrival of Jude- A Birth Story

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I was eight days past my due date on a mild evening last August when I had my first real contraction.  Although I was “overdue” I was still enjoying the pregnancy and wasn’t overly anxious for it to be over. I had fully planned on going at least a week past my due date, because that is when my babies seem to want to naturally come.  

Read the rest of the story at    Modern Alternative Pregnancy.

A Colorful Travel and Adventure Themed Boy’s Room

I started working on this room three years ago when my first son was born.  I painted the walls gray, bought a new white crib from Target and picked out some fun colorful fabrics online.  

I sewed oval bunting, basket liners, a crib skirt and curtains to match.

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I found a French Provincial style dresser at a yard sale for 20 bucks and painted it white with blue accents. I also painted a thrift store frame blue and designed a scripture printable to put in it. Continue reading

Blank Slate- 6 Reasons Why I’m Clearing My Space and Starting Fresh This Spring

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My living room has that empty, hollow, just walking through a house you are looking to buy, kind of sound right now.  The walls and couches are bare and the furniture has been reduced to less than half of what it was before.  The TV is hanging in the middle of the wall with no stand below it.

To many it might like look plain and unfinished but to me it is a space full of promises and possibilities. Continue reading

8 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style Without Remodeling

8 ways to add farmhouse style

Due in part to Fixer Upper and to the simple fact that it is just plain awesome, the farmhouse style of decorating is sweeping the nation.  Women everywhere are convincing their husbands they NEED hardwood floors, a farm sink, pallet wood built ins and 20 gallons of white paint.  

I totally get it.  The farmhouse style is alluring because it is simple, comfortable, laid back and forgiving.  You got a few things in your house that are falling apart? They fit right in!  Kids “distressing” your kitchen table by running their monster trucks over it and banging it with a toy hammer?  Perfect!  It speaks to that side of everyone that just wants to move to the back 40, get a brood of chickens, throw out the smart phones and drink sweet tea on the front porch.  

Even though we all still have to live in this fast paced crazy world, we at least want our homes to be the sanctuary where life can just feel simple and easy. Continue reading

Outdated Chair Before and After and Some Tips on Reupholstering

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One night my husband and I got a babysitter and went out on a date.  After dinner, we decided to drive around a while and listen to music, something we have enjoyed doing since we met over 10 years ago.  When no kids are in the back screaming, driving around for hours is a very fun acitivity.

Driving around also affords one the opportunity to find street treasures.  On this particular night we found two profitable roadside piles, one with several bundles of cut pallet wood (for signs, of course) and on the other this lovely green chair.  I was so excited when we found it.  I saw the after picture in my head as I squeezed the chair into the back of our van. Continue reading

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